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2021 Population and Housing Census to produce over 2.6 million development indicators

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The Ghana Statistical Service has revealed that the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) targets to produce over 2.6 million development indicators.

Among these indicators according to the Ghana Statistical Service includes areas such as sanitation, housing, access to electricity, access to potable drinking water, health, education, security among others.

This will give government and other development partners an informed decision in putting in policies and programs for the growth of the country.

“Some challenges that normally we faced is people trying to say that we [GSS] always come and enumerate them yet they don’t see what is being done. But what we want to tell people is that, yes they don’t see. Normally, what people always want to see is that they want to see something in their pockets. But the thing for the pocket will come through maybe education, peace of mind, good health, etc. It is the data that we collect that government and other development partners based on to put up development agenda for the country to move forward.”

Head of the National Census Secretariat, Emmanuel George Ossei revealed this in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region during an information session with the regional census implementation committee.

The 2021 PHC “which is the only exercise in the country that will give a voice for everybody to be heard” according to Mr. Ossei will aid Ghana in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The Head of the National Census Secretariat at GSS has therefore admonished the public to take part in the census exercise and make it a success.

The Head of Census Methodology, Owusu Kagya stated that the Ghana Statistical Service has completed training of National Trainers for the 2021 PHC. The rationale behind the national training he said was to equip prospective trainers with the requisite knowledge, and skills to train Regional Trainers who in turn will train enumerators and supervisors for the exercise.

According to Mr. Kagya, the 2021 PHC which is of a kind shall deploy the use of digital tools such as tablets, Global Positioning System (GPS) for the gathering of the information instead of the traditional paper questionnaires.

He appealed to community leaders and the public to avail themselves for the national exercise which begins on the night of Sunday, June 27.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu in a speech read on his behalf pledged his unflinching support for the success of the activity in the region.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah

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